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Two Months In

Posted by shooshami on Sunday, October 21, 2012

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About two months ago I pulled my banjo out of it's case after it's two year nap.  I took the resonator off (Goodtime 2), changed the strings, set it all up and proceeded to learn how to frail and claw with the help of some materials by Ken Perlman and Pat Costello.  I decided I was going to start at the basics and have some fun with it.  I quickly learned some things that kept me from progressing in the past and made some adjustments.  The biggest one was switching from my index finger to my middle finger.  I couldn't believe how much my accuracy improved in a short amount of time.

I hadn't been on BHO in about two years either, and I found the media section was improved with lots of videos!  I started watching and became very inspired to really try to learn and make my own videos.

When I finally put a few things together and posted them, I was very surprised at how much positive response I received.  I know my arrangements are simple and my technique is sloppy, but I keep playing and trying to make improvements so at some point I can play as clean as the folks who can really play.

I have very broad and eclectic tastes in music, and I'm a fan of blending the traditional with the non.  One's relationship with music is very personal and I love to see how different musicians approach their music. 

I'm getting so much more out of playing the banjo than I did in the past.  Thanks to those who've inspired me! 

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